TN-04

TV Ads Tell Conservatives to Vote With Trump on Health Care
American Action Network targets Freedom Caucus members in their districts

From left, Republican Reps. Dave Brat of Virginia, Mo Brooks of Alabama, and Mark Meadows of North Carolina are among the targets of the new GOP ad campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Republican issue advocacy group with close ties to House leadership is running half a million dollars in TV ads to pressure Freedom Caucus members to vote with President Donald Trump on the Republicans’ health care plan. 

American Action Network is running spots in 30 districts on Fox News beginning Thursday for two weeks. It’s the first time an outside group is invoking the president’s support for the health care plan in its paid advertising for the bill. 

Scandalized Tennessee Representative Survives Competitive Primary
Aggressive campaign from young challenger couldn't sink Scott DesJarlais

Rep. Scott Desjarlais, R-Tenn., talks with reporters after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol, May 17, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Tennessee Republican Scott DesJarlais survived his primary in the 4th District Thursday night against former Mitt Romney aide Grant Starrett.  

Starrett tweeted that he called DesJarlais to concede shortly before The Associated Press called the race in the congressman's favor. DesJarlais won 52 percent of the vote to Starrett's 43.  

Will Abortion Hypocrisy Haunt DesJarlais in Thursday Primary?
Tennessee congressman faces young challenger with aggressive ground game

Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais is being challenged by a 28-year-old former Mitt Romney aide. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Among the House Republicans circulating through the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland two weeks ago was Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais.  

It wasn't unusual to see Republicans from solidly red districts at a convention that their more vulnerable colleagues avoided. But while DesJarlais hails from a safe Republican district, he himself is not safe.  

Millennials Raising Money to Run, But Can They Win?
Both parties can use some fresher faces to promote to voters

Justin Fareed narrowly missed a runoff for a House seat in 2014. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Millennials have a reputation for being lazy, but a bipartisan crop of young congressional candidates is raising hundreds of thousands of dollars, which they’ll need, considering they are taking on the political establishment.  

Considering the average age of a House member is 57, both parties could use some fresher faces to promote to voters.